September 14, 2012
27 Elul 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
While this was our last week of learning this year, it was a wonderful week. We played with lots of ideas and concepts of Rosh HaShanah. We explored circles and roundness through games, art and food! We played a guessing game at circle time using Rosh HaShanah symbols. We made round art on a spinner with round berachot for New Year's greetings. We also used spyroart to explore circles further.
We ate pomegranates, apples and made our own egg-free round challah in a spiral shape. We opened a pomegranate (rimon) and coundted the seeds - we estimated it to be 613 just like the mitzvot. We also looked at shapes in nature including spirals, stars, and circles. With the round challah, we had a birthday party for the world (Happy 5773) and lit a candle which the ruach (wind) blew out for us. We read the book The World's Birthday: A Rosh HaShanah Story.
In order to look at how the shofar announces the new year we read "Wake Up and Beat the Drums". We practiced blowing shofarot that Nevo's family loaned us, and we got a surprise shofar show from Naia's abba Peter. We also read a book about a secret shofar in Spain.
We ate lots of apples and honey and sang many songs about them with Melita and without her. We sang Apples and Hoeny, Thanks Alot, A Bee Song and Apple Tree. We played a game of "Who took the apples from the apple jar?" and one where children had to carry apple pieces in a spoon without dropping them. We read a book called "The Apple Tree's Discovery" about the hidden star inside apples and we talked about what it special inside each of us that is a gift (matanah) from G-d.
On Wednesday, Beekeeper Alice brought a real working hive, honey and bee supplies to teach us about D'vorot (bees). In addition to being hands-on, interesting and tasty, this visit inspired bee play all week. The mishkan became a hive, our bees buzzed around, gathering nectar and putting it in the honeycomb. Like Alice, our beekeepers used a feather to tickle us and smoke to scare us.
Besides this fun, we had a visit form librarian Nora to read to us. We welcomed back our guinea pigs (chazirei yam). We played with new magnet blocks and moon sand. We played cards. In the afternoon a group of children constructed a new stepstool for our higher sink. We also enjoyed used rhythm sticks in small groups.
On Wednesday, we will walk to Strawberry Creek Park to do our own tashlikh.